Ideas for small Livestock Guardian dogs in suburbs?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ODU Big Blue, Feb 28, 2016.

  1. ODU Big Blue

    ODU Big Blue New Egg

    Jun 11, 2013
    I live in the suburbs and have a micro flock of 4 hens and we're in the market for a puppy. I want a dog that has livestock guardian instincts to protect the flock from raccoons, foxes, bobcats, coyotes & hawks as that is all that I have to worry about in the suburbs. Because these are very small predators, I don't need a big LGD and we want the dog to be able to come in the house and we do not want a large dog in the house. I just don't want a dog that has instincts to chase and eat the chickens. A big plus is a dog that doesn't shed. Any ideas? Thanks for your help.
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    All dogs have the instinct to chase and/or kill small prey animals, that includes those bred specifically for the job of guarding livestock and the small ones (who are often times more difficult to break of that habit). I'd recommend searching for a breed that fits your criteria (perhaps Google small, non shedding dog breeds) and then do lots of research about training. Also, expect that for the next year or so, you'll be conditioning and training your new best friend to not kill your birds (amongst other naughty things) and go into this adventure with the expectation that, even with all the effort, they may still not be compatible.

    Research, research, research and training, training, training.

    I have 3 dogs (a Doberman Pinscher, an Olde English Bulldog and a Catahoula/Austrailian Shepherd mix), none of them would be considered typical LGDs. But, through lots of training, time and patience, they are poultry, pig, cow and goat safe (unless you count their feed, which all 3 would gladly go after if given the chance).

    Good luck!
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Also invest in some poultry netting to confine chickens and perimeter fencing to keeps dog(s) on property.

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